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A compact, wireless, wearable sensor network for interactive dance ensembles

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3 Author(s)
Aylward, R. ; Responsive Environments Group, MIT Media Lab., Cambridge, MA ; Lovell, S.D. ; Paradiso, J.A.

We describe the design of a compact, wireless sensor module meant to capture expressive gestures in real-time when worn at the hands and feet of a dancer. Each sensor node includes a 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) that contains three orthogonal gyroscopes and accelerometers in order to capture local dynamics, as well as a capacitive sensor to measure node-to-node proximity. The nodes are designed to be easily augmented with other digital or analog sensors. The onboard radio transceiver supports a power-efficient, high-speed RF network capable of real-time data acquisition from several devices simultaneously, thereby meeting the requirements of instrumenting a small dance ensemble for interactive applications. This paper describes the application goals, presents the prototype hardware design, introduces concepts for feature extraction, and shows early test results

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Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks, 2006. BSN 2006. International Workshop on

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3-5 April 2006